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3226  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More Copyright Nuttiness - 10 Strikes? Go to jail. Do not pass go... on: June 15, 2011, 10:43:06 PM
Going through a 3rd party would only result in them sending it to the same email address you could have in the first place, or possibly the wrong one, while the 3rd party gets some info about you and where to send the political spam in most cases. It won't give your message any extra power.

A simple no doesn't need "extra power", and as far as spam goes ... That's why I was/am inquiring about the site in questions reputability. Time is also a factor...


In fact, it would probably have a better chance of being read (and possibly responded to) if you sent it yourself. You will at least know it is going to the correct representative. (but don't count on the congressman himself doing it...probably will be handled by one of his aides.)


Given that most of congress is to busy, drunk, or stupid to use Email (or most technologies (Twitter...) properly)...It will assuredly be handled by an aid of some kind. In which case critical thinking skills are best left out of the requirements list. Better to repeatedly flash the same (exact) message in front of them for the purpose of it hopefully eventually sinking in. Just like training a dog; somewhere between to 1st and 5,000th time a command is repeated they catch on ... Trying to reason with them ($$$$$$$$) is simply foolish.

This is a big part of why dictators of old had to be lashed to a post and then set on fire before they realized that the people weren't "happy" with them (e.g. Not everybody likes cake.).


If everyone handles it themselves, then all of congress will receive messages from the citizens they represent, rather than a single congressman or some general info email address that nobody pays attention to.

If everyone handles it themselves, there will be a bunch of different messages, worded a bunch of different was, many of which will detract from or completely obscure the point. And if the site in question has the address wrong, or is failing to send said message to all of the necessary/relevant parties... Well, that would be a part of the reputation thing I was inquiring about.
3227  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More Copyright Nuttiness - 10 Strikes? Go to jail. Do not pass go... on: June 15, 2011, 07:43:46 PM
...how safe is the signup to tell congress no bit on the top right of that page?? Do we know/trust the site well enough to all jump in and fire off a letter through it?

Good question. In this modern world, I'd expect someone to show up with a subpoena if you did.

This is actually of no concern, as I've made people regret finding me before... smiley


I don't think that was what Stoic Joker meant.

Quite Correct!

@Stoic Joker, if you are worried about going through that site to send a message to Congress, thinking you might end up spammed to death or something, then it's time to get familiar with who your representatives are and how to contact them. Info for where to send email, snail mail, phone calls shouldn't be too hard to find. It's considered public information. You don't need to use a 3rd party.

That distinction only dictates in what form and by whom you will be bothered going forward. Being that I run my own mail server, I've no problem blacklisting offenders. So I much prefer electronic communication whenever possible ... Assuming of course that the site in question is endorsed as being reputable by someone who's opinion I trust. Hence the question... smiley


Should that be something more like:

Do we know/trust Congress well enough?

 Grin  tongue

I trust congress about as far as I can throw the State of Florida.  cheesy

3228  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spam Viagra Operations (Harder to follow than I'd imagined) on: June 15, 2011, 07:10:26 PM
Scientist 2: "Nah, im gonna see how many peanuts i would need to shove up a pidgeons ass before it turns inside out"

Hahahaha!  Thmbsup
3229  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spam Viagra Operations (Harder to follow than I'd imagined) on: June 15, 2011, 11:34:25 AM
Um... Wow...40%?!? That's enough to make you want to vacation in Russia with a laptop mail server.

I wonder if the counterfeit Viagra is more or less potent - Do you call a doctor if it lasts more than 2 -or- 9 hours?

 undecided
3230  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More Copyright Nuttiness - 10 Strikes? Go to jail. Do not pass go... on: June 15, 2011, 06:46:33 AM
Yeah... the lobbyists are at it again...

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/ten_strikes/

Okay, sounds like a call to action... But, how safe is the signup to tell congress no bit on the top right of that page?? Do we know/trust the site well enough to all jump in and fire off a letter through it?
3231  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avira - chases Uniblue affiliate scareware $ on: June 15, 2011, 06:34:33 AM
Thanks for the heads up. I have a half dozen clients that use Avira. I guess I can expect calls sooner or later because of some of this. Wonder if it affects the paid versions or is exclusively limited to the freebie.

Skimming the threads posted above it looks like they are doing a partnered push of the crapware across the board.


Makes me more convinced than ever if you want (or need) to use a free antivirus/antimalware product, your best bet is still Mucrosoft Security Essentials.  Thmbsup

(MSE) It ain't perfect, but at least it doesn't add to the problem. I'm stickin' with it too!
3232  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 14, 2011, 07:26:10 PM
Gas prices, unemployment, inflation, and the simple fact there really hasn't been a real flood of truly great bands in the last decade have a hell of a lot more to do with declining sales that piracy ever did or will.

I can't agree. Do you know anyone under 30 who pays for recorded music? I don't. But they listen to music all the time. They love music. They just won't pay for it. They don't think it's in any way wrong not to buy it. They think "old people" are odd because they pay for music. But at least musicians can earn a living from live performance. That's the deal now. The money is spent at the gigs and festivals. No one pays for the recorded stuff. Except us old people.

I think that is an unfair generalization that reflects quite badly on the angst of youth. My son, and many of his friends, spent a good deal of their income on music. They also pirated some of the rest. All in all however I'd say they bought considerably more of their music collection then I did at their age back-in-the-day. Because back then I knew, and then was the guy with a dual cassette deck.

The thieving children boogieman is nothing more that RIAA propaganda trying to candlelight people into surrendering more of their rights in the name of "Protecting the Author's IP Rights. ...Which of course they haven't ever given two shits about.

Apple is making a boatload of cash with the iStore ... Do you really think it all only and just from people over 30?? That's not really a good demographic for getting fads started now is it? No the kids today have got money, and now that drugs are out of fashion, they spend most of it on media based entertainment.
3233  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Backup Strategy: "The Threes" on: June 14, 2011, 06:27:02 PM
What? ...You don't think it's funny how they do that??

Damn spell check caught me napping ...So I decided to leave it and see how it took me to get nailed.

Can't you make it more effective by applying brute farce?

Brut?!? ...I thought you were an Old Spice man!

Hay, you reckon the Cologne would to cover the fact that you shit your pants when the array crashes long enough for you to make it to an exit?
3234  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 14, 2011, 06:17:16 PM
Any time these forums discuss the marketing of books/music/tech there is a general tendency to kick the big companies involved who want to make money. Add to that a general loathing of DRM without offering any idea as to how content creators are supposed to make any money. I have no illusions about big bad corporate life (I've done my time there) but putting two fingers up to the money-making machine without offering any alternative doesn't advance the argument.

I think you anytime people discuss the topic of DRM. That's real people. Normal people. People that are outside of the corporate machine. What was it something like 4 billion dollars these clowns pissed down the drain on the protection scheme some college kid "cracked" with the Shift key?!?

They cry about piracy making them lose their shirts, but I haven't seen record execs driving rusty Pintos yet. Back before the infernal inter-web, there was always a guy in every neighborhood that had a dual cassette deck that would happily dub you a copy of what ever albums were current if you showed up with the blank cassettes (and a 6 pack). It was simple enough to do. And nobody ever even raised an eyebrow. But then again there was a lot of really good music back in the 60's and 70's.

Gas prices, unemployment, inflation, and the simple fact there really hasn't been a real flood of truly great bands in the last decade have a hell of a lot more to do with declining sales that piracy ever did or will.

In my time I've purchased 4 copies of U2's The Joshua Tree on cassette...because they kept breaking. I finally pirated the last copy, so now I have one that I know I can keep. Does that make me a bad person? (Do you think I care...? smiley )
3235  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 14, 2011, 05:50:01 PM
Oh yeah, Apple is definitely way ahead of Google.

Yes, but that's only because their User Experience Probe sticks out farther. ...As it has to be that long when they stick it up your ass to read your mind (or re-program it as necessary).

 cheesy
3236  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Backup Strategy: "The Threes" on: June 14, 2011, 05:38:56 PM
RAID 5 (striping with parody (my favorite))

I think you meant parity. tongue Grin

What? ...You don't think it's funny how they do that??

Damn spell check caught me napping ...So I decided to leave it and see how it took me to get nailed.


So here's another question: If you have a RAID setup, would Windows show the individual drives in My Computer, or would they all appear as a single drive?

Hardware RAID will show the array as a single disk. Most software RAIDs will do the same. The exception being if you do an in windows Dynamic Disk type RAID configuration. Then the disks will be listed seperately, but have a red partition header that is shared between them.
3237  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fold 2.0.1.0 on: June 14, 2011, 03:40:08 PM
If the Taskbar is set to AutoHide, the OS reports the desktop work area the same as the screen resolution.  IOW, there's no way to know where to put the gap.

I've banged my head on that rock a few times...And I still don't know the answer (I suspect there ain't one).
3238  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Backup Strategy: "The Threes" on: June 14, 2011, 07:12:28 AM
Quick-N-Dirty explanation:

RAID 0 (Striped) - One drive dies = RAID self destruct/all data is gone (e.g. it not actually redundant).

RAID 1 (mirrored) - One drive dies = You have and can run on second copy just fine until replacement (which you should order immediately) arrives. Low-end controllers you have to tell to rebuild/re-sync the mirrors. Commercial ones will usually start the process automatically (especially if you have a "hot spare").

RAID 5 (striping with parody (my favorite)) - One drive dies = Same as RAID 1. Main difference being it's faster that RAID 1.
3239  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: June 14, 2011, 07:00:55 AM
Uhm, would mounting the USB drive into a subdirectory, as you can do using Disk management, be feasible? I use it to have all my USB sticks (several brands in several capacities) in 1 subdirectory (0-USBdrives) of my harddisk, and it never connects wrong. The 0 is in the name to have it on top of the directorylist for easy discovery when using Explorer.

That was one of the first things I tried. However you can only mount one drive at a time to any given directory. Which means you'll end up with 5 targets. So...

Unfortunately no, thanks to Symantec's refusal to pole the media pool for the active target/device before running the backup. Which is after all the whole point of having a pool of media to select from. If you restart all the Backup Exec services it will do exactly that (pole the pool), and nail the correct device every time. But that's insanely impractical to do before every backup.
3240  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 10:27:01 PM
Ya just gotta like ^this guy^...He does have some good/interesting points. But I still don't like Access. *Shrug*  smiley
3241  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 06:57:52 PM
I guess I've just never actually seen a good Access based application. *Shrug*

I've seen a couple of good ones.  The problem is, with any enterprise, once something is *good* they want *better*.  Which in most cases means *bigger*.  The road to hell, and all that...

Agreed, it usually goes something like this:
Brass: This thing is great, but can we...
IT: oh shit.

...Been there. smiley
3242  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Execute a command line rather than just a program on: June 13, 2011, 06:40:27 PM
@pmoore - Sorry about the off topic ... But I just noticed you Hong Kong Phooey avatar. I used to love that show!

Carry on...
 smiley
3243  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 06:20:40 PM
How's that?  I think that's a good solution in case access alone doesn't work.

Considering you mentioned the output quality was important (IIRC), it seems a good way to keep the bases all covered. And should make a later transition easier (by keeping things loosely coupled) should it be required.
3244  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 06:12:34 PM
As a network/systems administrator I'm definitely in wraith808's corner on this. I've seen many an Access based nightmare, and am thus a big fan of SQL.

But I will give you this one:
Access's brilliance is that it leverages any moderately intelligent person into data-driven application development. 

Access's downfall is that it leverages any moderately intelligent person into data-driven application development, even those who know nothing about application development.

Any time I use it the tied hands effect the WYSIWYG affords makes me want to tear my eyes out almost immediately. Only saving grace is that you can at least switch to a (semi) proper SQL Query prompt and get something done. But even that's a bit clumsy.

I've scratch written many of our internal systems, and while it did take more time to do it around a SQL db ... Once it was done, it was done. Scaling issues aren't a problem, the server just handles what is thrown at it. Which is good because I had a lot more time back when most of this stuff was done. So now as the data volume increases and usage picks up, I don't have to worry about it turning into a fire-drill because the db decided to max out and explode. Getting to the 50,000 record stability/performance turning point really isn't that hard to do these days.

I guess I've just never actually seen a good Access based application. *Shrug*
3245  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 13, 2011, 03:56:04 PM
Am I the only one who hates gestures and was happy with the simple "scroll areas" on the sides of touch pads, along with a right and *physical* button?

Nope, I am totally with you on that! smiley Only gestures I like are done in the air in front of the screen ... Or in traffic...
3246  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: June 13, 2011, 03:51:40 PM
So from what you're saying it should pick T: next, yes?

Nope. It should have picked E: The next available drive letter - not the next letter available after the last drive letter you assigned.

Okay, that's along the lines of the behavior I am used to/was expecting/experienced. Ya had me thinking I was missing something there for a bit.

USB and Servers are two things I generally like to keep away from each-other. But Tape is just too freaking expensive these days... *Sigh*
3247  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 13, 2011, 11:58:32 AM
The only thing "killing" the recording industry is their insistence on pouring billions of dollars into trying to figure out how best to stick people with a crippled product.

If they really want to constantly waste that much of their profits they should go back to snorting them off of coffee tables.

Like in the 80s ... Sure the music sucked...but it was fun...
3248  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: June 13, 2011, 11:46:16 AM
I just looked at the last fixed harddrive letter (in this case CDEFG were all being used), plugged in a USB key and assigned it one more than the next available letter which in this case is the letter is I. (I set the key to hold a backup of the system state data since I didn't want it to just sit there doing nothing BTW.)

We then set set the backup software to look for the H drive. Because with drive I now 'permanently' occupied by the USB key, it leaves a gap in the sequence, with the next available letter being H. If you remove and then immediately add (as in swap) an external drive, it will always assign it the same letter (H) since it's the next available in sequence (i.e. CDEFG_I).

So why create a gap in the letter sequence? Here's why: Anything that gets plugged in after that will get letter J or higher.

Hm... Either there's a hole in your theory, or the server didn't read the same manuals that you did...  undecided The used letters on that machine were:
C: - Physical
D: - CD-ROM
F: - Mapped Drive
S: - Physical

 So from what you're saying it should pick T: next, yes? It didn't/doesn't *Shrug* I got tired of fiddling with it and Moved the CD-ROM to M: (because I was Mad) so the backups could use D: without tripping over the mapped F: Drive (always a good time).

Don't ya just love it when what's supposed to happen and what does happen aren't even close...  cheesy

So as long as you're swapping H properly using the remove USB applet - and you immediately replace it with another drive - the drive letter shouldn't change. The backup drive will always get the letter that falls into the gap. And any additional USB drives will grab letter J or higher so it won't affect your designated backup drive letter assignment. No more having the backup drive's letter jumping around.

Server headless - Caching disabled ... I'm thinking about filling the other USB parts with Silly Putty ... That'll keep the riff raff out.
3249  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 13, 2011, 06:41:33 AM
Actually the multi-touch feature in the new Dell touch-pads works quite well. I haven't used it extensively, but I did play with it for about 10min before shutting it off as it was confusing the hell out of the techno-impaired user that owned the machine. Best I could tell it worked perfectly before getting disabled for "safety reasons".
3250  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 12, 2011, 08:03:00 AM
@40hz:
Rite of passage would describe it better, I think.  Thmbsup

Hmmm...

Quote
turning point
(turning points plural ) A turning point is a time at which an important change takes place which affects the future of a person or thing.

Quote
rite of passage
a ritual event that marks an individual's progress from one status to another

Maybe...but I think I'm going to stick with turning point. tongue

Having been through the event from both sides (my father to me & me to my son), I must agree with Shades completely. While not necessarily ritualistic as it has no specifically structured steps, it is none the less a key and necessary transition that affords one a prideful look of approval from their patriarch...(inclusive of the rights earned from the accompanying respect)..when they finally "pass" this very crucial (and specific) test of responsibility.
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